Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has launched a program to encourages residents and institutions in the state capital of Bangalore and in the three districts of Chitradurga, Chikmagalur and Belgaum to generate power for domestic consumption using small wind and solar powered generating units. KREDL has set up two pilot generating units -- at present both are wind powered only, but future units will be wind-solar hybrids. Power generated is stored in a battery for later use for lighting and to power electricity equipment such as televisions, it says. The Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources is providing subsidies for the units. The final cost will be around $1500 each.
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